Christijan Albers

Christijan Albers, MidlandF1-Toyota, Monte-Carlo, 2006After karting and victory in the 1999 German Formula Three championship Christijan Albers took an unusual route to Formula One via the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) where he won five times.

He graduated to F1 with Minardi in their final season in 2005, but only scored during the controversial United States Grand Prix where his was just one of six cars to take the start. He finished fifth.

Support from Dutch firm Lost Boys kept him in F1 with the newly-formed MidlandF1 in 2006. He fared well alongside new team mate Tiago Monteiro, and the acquisition of the team by Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker guaranteed him a seat for 2007.

But the arrival of rookie team mate Adrian Sutil caught Albers out. Sutil regularly out-qualified him, and when Albers left his pit box too soon at Magny-Cours and headed out of the pit lane with the refuelling rig still attached, the team moved to drop him.

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